The Immortal Hulk #44
Written by Al Ewing
Art by Joe Bennett
Inks by Ruy Jose and Belardino Brabo
Colors by Paul Mounts
Letters by Cory Petit
The Rundown: Hulk faces the U-Foes as another threat grows where it all started.
A weakened Hulk is confronted by the U-Foes. As people watch the carnage, each member of the team takes turns beating on him with Gyrich watching from on high. Meanwhile, the remaining members of Alpha Flight take on a creature in the desert that is the combination of both Rick Jones and another unfortunate victim of the Leader. As Sasquatch goes in for the attack, Puck and Shaman realize the creature isn’t fighting back. When Charlene and McGee arrive on the scene, McGee sees something even more interesting with a new gift she doesn’t understand.
Meanwhile, Hulk is at the mercy of the U-Foes and they are not giving a quarter when it comes to taking down their weakened foe. With things for the Hulk getting more dire, Joe will discover that he has been taken to a dark place where the power of the Leader continues to grow.
The Story: Ewing crafts an emotional and tragic story for the Hulk in this issue. Not only does the character have to contend with both external and internal conflicts, but the darkness of the plot and its themes create a true sense of dread for all the characters involved. The action was great and the dialogue is engaging. I continue to be invested in this story, its characters and its outcome.
The Art: Joe Bennett delivers some truly horrific visuals in this issue. The art is amazingly detailed and delivers a visceral sense of darkness and dread throughout.